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The players who are 80 minutes from an Origin debut

Prospective State of Origin players have only one more NRL game to convince selectors they’re worthy of representing their state in game one of the 2024 series.

Queensland and New South Wales will unveil their squads on Monday for the series opener, to be played at Sydney’s Accor Stadium in a fortnight’s time.

While many of the positions are as good as locked in already, there’s still a solid handful of jerseys up for grabs, including several that will almost certainly go to debutants.

These are the stars playing for an Origin gig this weekend.

With the champion Cameron Munster ruled out with a groin injury, the race is on to fill his coveted No.6 jumper.

It appears to be a race in two, between North Queensland’s Tom Dearden and Brisbane’s young gun Ezra Mam.

Dearden filled the void in game three of the 2022 series and helped the Maroons to a series-deciding victory.

Mam, 21, is undoubtedly an Origin star of the future but even he admits he may not be quite ready.

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